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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 19:47

No gardening but a family of young robins were venturing out into the garden.  from a nest in the toolshed nearby.  Lovely to life in the spring garden.  Wonderful 

Bowles Mauve looks sat on! Normal?

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 19:25

Richard, they often do that when growing fast as young plants entering winter.

The secret, I think, is to cut them back a little at planting time.  I would wait a couple of weeks and cut those stems back to shoots lower down.  New upright growth from the centre will emerge and by late spring you will have a nicely dense compact plant again.  Leave those flattened stems as they are will make for a messy appearance for the life of the plant.  

I have recently cut back Bowles Mauve and its more tender variegated cousins.....bit early to do that in colder areas.  Young plants, 2 to 3 year old, always look so much better than older ones

I find them to be relatively short lived.....they flower continuously for so long that they exhaust themselves so In summer look for cutting material....they root quickly and you will be surprised how quickly they make decent size plants.  You should never then be without Bowles Mauve in your garden 

Plant orders for 2017

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 18:58

Not planted yet aym but I will post a picture.  One flower is almost open and others to come.

i want to make a stunning combo with black hellebore........maybe using reds or blues.  Toying with ophiopogon nigrescens, uncinias.  Yellow hellebore and snowdrops are too obvious,  too "safe".  A white leaved pale blue pulmonaria maybe???  The black hellebore has dark almost purple leaves........bit of thinking. red heucheras? 

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Clematis Montana

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 18:48

Ok Aym.  Have I missed something in my eagerness? 

Me subtle?   I guess not    Ha ha

Clematis Montana

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 17:06

GD, mine is in the ground. I really think you need to address this, i.e. Growing it in a pot.  Not sure it's  so much about climate.  Montana is easy to grow most everywhere.  Watch it grow this year if you plant it out......can't you hear it singing Humperdink's old song?......"please release me" ?  


Posted: 17/02/2017 at 16:59

Sandra, you really cannot do better than contact The Blueberry Company/Trehanes.  They are THE experts.  Give advice and offer lots of varieties.  Well worth a call 

you will need another variety.  

All do well in a pot but use a john innes ericaceous compost.

17 degrees in a couple of days

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 13:55

come Sunday and we will all be basking in summer temperatures  

enjoy it folks 

Lumpy, uneven flowerbeds

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 13:41

If water drains away reasonably well elspethscott from those rock-removed areas then you have no problem.  Plant there and level at the same time.  

How about a picture?  And fill those holes and take note how long they take to drain  

what is gardening?

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 13:03

Yes indeed fake119961, my garden to me is "something special". 

As a healthy (I think) non smoker and general tightwad the physical outdoor scene and having the facility to grow food economically...organically of course....appeals.  The hard physical work now and then is satisfying too.  Eating fruit and veg without the use of any chemicals.....

having no creative talent ...cannot paint, draw, sculpt etc.....I can express myself with plants using colour, form, shape and scent to create something pleasing

A place of solace.  A place to gather with family and friends or a place to be alone.  

An all year round do non gardeners get through the dark and cold days after christmas?  Gardeners see their emerging hellebores and snowdrops and other signs of spring instead. 

Working with nature.....appreciating the habitat I can provide for birds, bees, butterflies, hedgehogs, even the odd fox.

what else gives so much?

couldn't really live without a garden fake119961 


Posted: 17/02/2017 at 12:14

GD, I guess bamboos look so good to us that they are "desirable" plants.  They therefore are expensive.  Economics.  

Very few bamboos are well behaved your research thoroughly before you plant any bamboos.  It is said that they are surface rooters so can easily be controlled!!!.  Their roots will vigorously go deep and wide.  If in doubt, don't plant bamboos 

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